If the Soft White Sixties bring to mind spring skiing at Sierra-at-Tahoe, that is correct.
In addition to the downhill action, a young, new band from San Francisco, the Soft White Sixties, headline the first of the three-week Live at Grandview series of Saturday afternoon shows at the ski resort. Hip-hop’s Vokab Kompany, a San Diego group with close South Shore ties, is onstage first, opening the show at 2 p.m.
The Soft White Sixties are considered a jam group, although the members don’t exactly see it that way. They played a Jan. 18 after-party at the Crystal Bay Casino following a Tea Leaf Green-Moon Taxi show.
“It was never meant to be a jam band; it was meant to be song focused,” singer Octavio Genera told Tahoe Onstage before the North Shore show. “It’s never been a jam (planned) for the set,” he said. “It’s a lot better when it happens naturally. It’s always more enjoyable when we don’t plan for that to happen.”
The band has just returned from its third appearance at Austin’s South-By-Southwest festival where, unlike another artist who will soon come to Tahoe, no vomit performance art was involved. (Or if there was, we don’t know about it.)
The band released its first full-length album March 4, “Get Right.” It headlined Noise Pop Feb. 28 in San Francisco, and last year played at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park.
Keyboard and guitar player Aaron Eisenberg was destined to be a musician. He is a native of Cool, Calif., and his father sold tie dye at Grateful Dead shows and his mother was a radio disc jockey. He attended Dead shows before he was old enough to walk.
Live at Grandview starts one week after Sierra’s three gold medal winning Olympians were fetted.
“After seeing thousands of people from our community come together last weekend for Sierra’s Golden Celebration, we’re even more excited to kick off the Live at Grandview concert series at Sierra this Saturday,” said Leslie Schultz of On Course Events. “This will be the first of three free, outdoor concerts that aim to bring the great vibes of the local’s summertime favorite, Live at Lakeview, to the slopes. Fresh off the SXSW stage, the Soft White Sixties headline this Saturday’s concert. With Vokab Kompany starting things off at 2 p.m., a dance party is guaranteed.”
The Saturday series continues April 5 with Hot Buttered Rum and the Creak and concludes April 12 with Midi Matilda and Tracorum.
“This concert series is basically an extension of the Live at Lakeview (Thursdays in summertime at South Lake Tahoe) brand that combines the free live music and recreational focus of Live at Lakeview with the great vibes of the mountain at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.”